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Nov
16
answered Will a 9 speed front derailleur work properly with a 10 speed sprocket?
Nov
11
comment What affordable rear brake can I get with nut/bolt rather than Allen Key?
You can get shoulder bolts (where the thread stops before the head to create a smooth shank), but you're right - it's not going to fit right. I would probably try to find a bolt with an overlarge shoulder, run a die up to where I needed it, and then cut and grind the bolt off to length. Again, though, I'd have some serious misgivings about replacing a critical part of a critical system with non-manufacturer's specs.
Nov
11
answered What affordable rear brake can I get with nut/bolt rather than Allen Key?
Nov
9
comment Can using a trainer damage my bicycle?
This is why I like rollers. No skewers to twist, and if you crash right your body protects the bike. Wait...
Nov
9
comment Should I Get the Paint Job Touched Up
Also (sorry - just re-read your question) chomoly and aluminum are different. Chrome / molybdium steel alloy vs. aluminum alloy (i.e., aluminum with other metals for hardness, flexibility, etc.)
Nov
9
comment Should I Get the Paint Job Touched Up
Is it an "A-6 quaternary phase aluminum alloy"? That's what most of the frames I've seen have. If it's an aluminum alloy I wouldn't worry about rusting (again, unless you're riding in the ocean). I think it's technically possible to have a quaternary iron phase alloy but it's almost impossible to generate the 1.21 jiggawatts to power it. Never mind getting it up to 88 mph.
Nov
9
answered Should I Get the Paint Job Touched Up
Nov
3
comment Speed wobble safe fall?
Aim for someone soft?
Oct
25
comment Couch to Century
Great idea. And if you keep a log you can watch your progress (which is both a good prod and a good limiter at the same time).
Oct
20
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Oct
20
comment My bike leans to the right. What should I check?
Oh, okay. That sounds safe enough.
Oct
20
answered My bike leans to the right. What should I check?
Oct
20
comment My bike leans to the right. What should I check?
Why are you riding with no hands on a commuter bike? Please don't tell me it's because you have to answer your cel phone.
Oct
11
answered What Cannondale bikes compare to a Specialized Crosstail or Hardrock?
Sep
16
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Sep
16
revised For a slightly warped wheel, is it worth getting it repaired?
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Sep
15
comment Can a steel fork be unbent?
"there doesn't appear to be any cracks / fractures..." The problem isn't the cracks you can see; it's the small almost microscopic ones that you need a microscope / x-ray for. I'd vote for replacing it - the last thing you need is to have the forks catastrophically fail during a ride, dumping you face-first into the loving embrace of the pavement.
Sep
15
comment What are the reasons for and against wearing a bicycle helmet?
Helmet shells are designed to separate from the shell and prevent this kind of injury. The old golf-ball helmets may have had this issue (although styrofoam disintegrates when dragged along pavement) any modern helmet won't have this issue.
Sep
15
answered For a slightly warped wheel, is it worth getting it repaired?
Sep
14
comment Chainring: cheap vs expensive
Yeah - I'm not really a fixie guy but I know that you get what you pay for. :-)